"There has been a great deal of stealing going on recently & every camp near ours has been robbed at night of provisions clothes boots ... A robbery of clothes is now quite a serious matter."
- Confederate soldier
By December of 1864, soldiers from both armies had settled into the daily routine of picket and trench duty. With the weather growing colder, they welcomed the end of active operations for the year and a chance to build proper winter shelters. Particularly, those soldiers from Lee's army, hoped that they would have a break from the constant whiz of bullets and shells. Getting adequate clothing for the cold winter months was a concern for soldiers of both armies, though Union soldiers fared well in this regard thanks to the depot at City Point. For Confederate soldiers, however, getting proper equipment was another matter entirely.